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The Country Paper.
Last week Clint Price, of the In
dianola Advocate-Tribune must have
been short of copy and dashed off the
following which we commend to our
You don't expect much from a
country newspaper—and sometimes
you don't get much.
In a country newspaper you are
shocked or surprised at some things
you see and expect such things in the
The country paper can record the
births, deaths, marriages, etc., while
the metropolitan dailies make you
weary about the stork.
The country papers tell of friends
visiting friends, while the metropoli
tan dailies speak of so-and-s® being
the house guest of—but why say
How in thunder could they be the
guests of the people in the home if
they were not house guests? But may
he we are shy on such things.
In your big metropolitan dailies
you get all of the scandal you want
—divorces galore for your morning
reading, thoroughly spiced with po
lice court and some golfing news.
Of course in the city they say lunch
when they mean dinner and play
bridge all afternoon.
No country paper that we know of
has ever been guilty of furnishing its
readers with a weather report that is
vnusuaJIy unreliable—or reliable
either, for that matter.
But in some respects the big dail
ies have an advantage over the coun
They can put things over that
don't go with the brush fellows.
A daily paper sets its price—re
quires payment in advance—and, be
lieve me, they get it.
It's different here—with a whole
lot of people—don't let it drip
through your noodle that we are
getting ready to explode.
Every county seat paper in Iowa
lias a large number of subscribers
whojire in arrears all the way from
ten minutes to ten years on their
The same delinquent subscribers
kave taken a daily paper all the
tine for which they have paid in ad
It has been recorded that a man
wtfeo provideth not for his own house
hold is worse than a son-of-a-gun—
«r something similar.
la a daily paper you get some of
news—-such as it is—not the lit
tle things that concern your home
aad your friends.
But .don't lose sight of the fact
that you pay for what you get in the
Again, the man who can pay and
won't is worser than the fellow who
««n't pay, but would like to.
But there is a whole lot more
pleasure running a country paper
than a big daily and you don't have
it pay an income tax on the fun you
It's your friends 'round home that
ittke this life worth living—they
stfake It what it is.
You lefve lots of things out of the
fearing that to print all the
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II Keller & Pry
or Millinery Opening
September 14, 15 and 16
Gaff Briton & Ck
*Che most complete showing of fall and winter millinery we have ever had on display at any I
previous opening.' Everything absolutely correct in style, material and color.
KELLER & PRYOR
news you'll hurt someone's feelings.
Your friends also hel^ you with
the paper—they tell you the news
and many of them use tho phone in
doing so—and their help is always
Our rural correspondents do their
full share in making the p»ner worth
reading and their good work is also
This te Friday and the sun has
been shining a oouple days just
like it used to •before the rainy sea
son, but one fellow said if this dry
weather continues the corn will all
It's all right to be an optimist—
but don't lie about it.
Maybe we wiJJ haye somthing for
this column next week that will be
really interesting. In the meantime
Do come and see us.
A. E. Peole and familx spen* Sun
day at Homer Moorman's.
Miss Margaret Atkins returned to
her home at Keokuk Saturday after
a several weeks visit with relatives
and friends in this vicinity. Her aunt,
Miss Mary Flynn accompanied her
home for a few days visit.
Misses Minnie afad Vesta Evans as
sisted their aunt, Mrs. C. E. Little
with her papering last week.
Walter Evans speitf Sunday at
Mrs. Walter Blakesley and chil
dren Vere and Varda returned home
Saturday after a visit in L^on with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. E. Evans.
J. B. McDaniel and family visited
at I. P. Stanford's Sunday.
Warren Davis and v/ife of near
High Point spent Saturday night and
Sunday at George Evans'.
Mrs. Mary McCutcheon and son
Vernon were calling on friends in
this vicinity one day last week.
Mrs. E. A. Little and son Elmer
and Clarence Little and family spent
Sunday at George Evans'.
Mr. and Mrs. John Evans are re
joicing over the arrival of a little
son, Sept. Srd.
A Missouri editor has figured it
out that the women do hot need any
more rights, since a man can't sell
his house and lot without his wife's
consent he must pay bills whatever
they are if he deserts her, she can
jug him, if she deserts him he has
to take his medicine if he jilts, her
she can mulch him for breach of
promise, if she jilts him he gets the
laugh if he dies she gets the prop
erty, if she dies he gets the funeral
expenses if he whips her, he gets
the whipping post, if she hitri him
with the skillet, the world concludes
that he deserved it. And still she
wants more rights.
htw told us the mm story—diilMsi
after eating, gMts, heartburn. A
Gagt Brothers & Cs,
The new commission is liable to
run into the same sort of a situation
unless it is careful. Radical ways
and radical means are not likely to
win. This fight must be won a step
at a time. The general assembly
three years ago took an enormously
big step when they classified the
roads and provided for supervision
in their construction. The results are
everywhere apparent in an entirely
new, uniform and permanent system
of bpilding grades. The people are
now generally growing accustomed to
this new system and are recognizing
its value. The time is ripe for an
other good long step, and the com
mission can get the credit for it if
they will proceed with caution and
not try to get beyond hailing dis
tance of public sentiment as they go
about their work.—Jefferson Bee.
The Mint makes it and under the
terms of the Continental Mortgage
Company you can secure it at 6
for any purpose on approved real es
tate. Terms easy, tell us your wants
and we will co-operate with you.
The Good Roads Commission.
Commissions named to suggest
legislation to general assemblies,
whether named by the legislature or
otherwise, have not Hsually been
very successful in Iowa. We hope
that the new "better roads" commis
sion appointed last week by Gover
nor Clarke may faro better than the
average, but if it does it will be be
a us it an no us am of
sound common sense into its recom-j
mendations, and strives for an accel-'
erated development rather than for
a revolution in road building. We
recall very distinctly that six years
ago the best friends of rural educa-,.
tion in the state secured the appoint
ment of an educational commission
to recommend changes which would
make for the betterment of the rural
schools. The commission worked
hard and presented an admirable
schcme, based upon a consolidation
of rural schools, but it was of such
revolutionary character and made
changes so sweeping, that it set the
rural population of the state aflame
with excitement, and the legislature
was flooded with protests. The re
suit was that absolutely nothing
was done at that session. The com
mission meant all right, but their
work in reality set back school pro
gress two years or more. They sim
ply tried to upset the habits and
customs of sixty years all at one
stroke^ and brought about a reaction
which prevented even their worthy
proposals from getting a fair hear
Petty & Company,
1419 Lytton Bids., Chicago, 111.
Rags Wanted—The Renorter of
fice wants to bur a onantity of clean
cotton rags. Must not be. less than
12 Inches square, and larger prefer
red. Will par
We.siunot use heavy woolen ran
Btf«g. in your rugs end gat the
THE LEON REPORTER, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1915/
By P. Q. HOLDEN, Agricultural Ex
tension Department International
Harvester Company of New Jersey.
If every ear of corn intended for
planting was harvested at the proper
time and properly stored, millions of
dollars would be added to the value of
the corn crop.
Fig. 1. Harvesting the Seecl Corn
for Next Year's Planting.—Every ear
of corn intended for planting should
be harvested before the severe fall
freezes, and store'd where it will dry
out and keep dry. In Iowa and the
northern half of Illinois this work,
should be done the last teu days of
September and the first four or five
days of October. Fr.ozen seed corn costs
the country millions of dollars every
A Convenient Method of' Gathering
the Seed as One Passes Between the
Rows.—Use an ordinary two-bushel
grain sack a wooden hoop from a
nail keg is put in the top of the sack.
Some heavy cord, 14 inches long
(binding twine doubled several times)
is tied to one of the bottom corners
of the sack the other end of the cord
Is then brought over the shoulder
and tied to the hoop inthe top of the
sack. The cord is wrapped with an
old sack to prevent the string cutting
Fig. 2. Tying up the Seed Corn.
Putting in the First Ear.—A piece of
bindin'g twine is doubled and the ends
tied together. Note how the string is
held in the hands.
Fig. 3.—Showing the String of
•Corn Completed Ready to Be Hung
Up Where It Will Dry Out and
Keep Dry.—When the Last Ear
is laid in, dhe end of the string
is slipped under the string in the
other hand, and fastened.
Tie and hang tip the seed the same
day or evening that it is brought in.
This method of tying up allows a free
circulation of air. It is circulation of
air, not' heat, that is needed to dry
out the seed. Corn commonly contains
at this time from 30 to 45 per cent, of
water. It requires but a few minutes
to tie up 300 or 400 ears.
Fig. 4.—Experiments- show that the
attic or some upstairs room where
the windows can be opened to give
circulation of air during October and
November, is the best place to hang
seed corn. A space three by eight feet
will hold 200 strings of seed corn like
the above or enough to plant 200
acres. Discard three-fourths of it In
the spring and there is left sufficient
to plsnt 60 seres, or more than the
ttrersge Acreage on eadi farm. Hang
the ptrlng In row* tarn fciehee spirt
GATHER AND STOKE SEED CORN
THIS FALL BEFORE IT FREEZES
Go Into Your Best and Earliest Planted Fields Dur
ing Last Week in Sept. or First Week in Oct.
Quit Guessing—We Cannot Tell When We Select an Ear From
the Wagon-Box as We Unload or From the Crib What Sort
of a Stalk It Came From—We Do Not Know Whether the
Stalk Was Weak or Strong, Early or Late, in Maturity—The
Best Way to Improve the Quality, Maturity and Yield of Our
Corn Is to Select Ears in the Field—It Will Pay You.
4 One of the very best methods for
gathering the seed is to go into the
best and earliest planted fields with
bags and Belect well matured ears
from the most vigorous stalks. Thtfj
cut shows a convenient way to a*
range a sack so ..that you may have
both hands free for picking.
You must not fail to consider the
stalk' In selecting your seed, for it
takes large, thrifty stalks to produce
good big ears. It is not a good plan
to take tbe ear from a stalk that
grew in a hill'by ltsel', or from one
ih tbe hill with a barren or weal
stalk. Many of the kernels on such
an ear are likely to be pollenlzed by
the barren or weak stalk.
Choose Ears of a Medium Height.—
If you select' the highest ears your
o®rn will gradually become late, and
if you select the lowest ears you will
soon have an early corn with shallow
I .. ••sX-'.- Vv Vv.-
bernets and wide furrows between the
Pick cars that droop over so that
their tips are turned downward. Such
ears shed water better when it rains
and are usually drier than ears stand
ing upright. The shank should be
short, as ears with long shanks are
harder to husk, and are more offen
damaged. See that the husks are long
enough to cover the tip of the ear,
but do not extend far beyond. If the
tip is left bare, it is likely to be dam
aged by insects or disease, and if the
husks extend far beyond the point of
the ear they are usually tightly closed,
so that it cannot dry out well and Is
difficult to husk.
There should be a medium growth
of broad, thrifty leaves distributed
evenly over the stalk, and the plant
should be free from all form of dis
ease, such as smut, rust, etc., and
should be free from suckers.
The advantages of this method of
storing are first, that it gives better
protection from mice than when It
is spread on- the floor, or corded in
piles or put in racks. Second, it gives
better circulation of air, which al
lows the corn to dry out quickly and.
thoroughly, thus protecting it from
molding or sprouting and from being
frozen while it is sappy. Hie greatest
enemy to good seed corn is freezing
while it still contains moisture, con
sequently there is more danger from
late harvesting than from too early
harvesting. HdVever, it is not a good
plan to harvest seed while the corn is
Immature, as it Is more dlfllcuU to
preserve, will M*chaff£ and give weak
er plants than corn which has bead
•Qowsd totally mature on the siUfc
GRAND RIVER LODGE No. 78
A. P. & A. M..
Meets regularly 1st Tuesday in each
month. Transient brethren cordially
I. R. Conrey, F. C. Mullinnlx,
•Sec. W. M.
LEON CHAPTER No. 33, R. A. M.
Meets regularly 2nd Wednesday
in each month. Transient brethren
Francis Varga, W. A. Poush,
Sec. H. P.
TRIPOLI S COMMANDERY No. 60
Meets reguarly 3rd Thursday each
month. Transient Knights cordially
W. J. Springer, H. Farquhar,
Recorder. E. C.
LEON CHAPTER No. 352 O. E. S.
Meets regularly 2nd Monday each
month. Visiting members cordially
Mrs. A. P. Olsen, W. M.
Mrs. Marion Woodard, Sec.
DR. W. R. WEST
Office in Biggs Block.
DR. R. A. SEARS.
Office over Alexander's Store.
J. W. HOWELL
All work done first-class and guar
anted. Office in Long block.
FRED A. ROWMAN
Physician and Surgeon
AH calls in city or country answer
ed promptly day or night.
Office Igours 11 to 12—1 to 3 p. m.
J. E. BRITTAN, M. D!%
Physician and Surgeon.
Decatur City, Iowa.
Calls answered nromptly night or day
DR. J. W. ROBINSON
Physician and Surgeon.
Office over Penniwell Bros. Meat
Market. Calls answered promptly
day or nlgnt.
DR. G. H. MITCHELL
Surgery and Obstetrics a Specially.
Harvey block, Leon, Iowa. Phone
48. All calls answered day or night.
Hours 2 (o 4 p. m. and 7 to
H. R» LAYTON
Phyilclan and Surgeon.
Office over Alexander's drug star*
V. R. McGINNIS
Officei* in Ray Block.
J. O. WOODMANSKE
Consultation and examination
§& uVe ^voofeVeY
Office at Woodmansee House, I block
north of square. Phone 6. Office
hours 9 to 12 a. m. and 1 to 4 p. m.
Make Dates with
For Dental Work.
P. F. BRADLEY, OPTICIAN.
Office at Dr. Wood
Will be in Leon on
Saturday and Mon
day of each week.
Residence two 1 jocks south of the
Christian church, Leon, Iowa.
For prices and iafbrmatios trt.,